Hockey

Stanley Cup final dates set

The top seed will host the first two games of the Stanley Cup final on back-to-back nights, according to two scheduling scenarios put forth by the NHL.

The top seed will host the first two games of the Stanley Cup final on back-to-back nights, according to two scheduling scenarios put forth by the NHL.

If the third round of the playoffs ends on or before May 26, the top seed will host the first two games of the final on May 29 and 30, and then hit the road for Game 3 and 4 on June 2 and 4.

Games 5, 6, and 7 — if necessary — will take place on June 6, 9 and 12.

All games will begin at 8 p.m. ET.

If the third round of the playoffs ends after May 26, the top seed will host the first two games of the final on June 5 and 6, before the series shifts to the other city for Games 3 and 4 on June 8 and 10.

Games 5, 6, and 7 would be played on June 12, 14 and 16.

Under this scenario, all games will begin at 8 p.m. ET, with the exception of Game 6, which would begin at 5 p.m. ET.

The 2009 Stanley Cup finals will air on CBC and CBCSports.ca.

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